Dedicated Kala staff members work in the areas of program development, exhibition management, fund development, studio maintenance, technology, education, community engagement, and art sales.
Archana Horsting, Executive Director and co-founder of Kala, oversees all aspects of running Kala Art Institute, including supervising development and programming. She received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied art history at the University of Padova, Italy, and art practice at Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia in Venice, Italy. In 2012 she was recognized with an Alameda County Arts Leadership award. In 2014, she was given a Bay Area Visionaries award from Southern Graphics International Conference. In 2015, she received Berkeley Community Fund’s Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal, awarded annually to Berkeley’s “most useful citizen.”
Yuzo Nakano, Artistic Director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute oversees the artistic aspects of Kala by reviewing artists’ portfolios for the residency and fellowship programs and consulting on exhibitions. He is a graduate of Tenri University and Tokyo Gendai Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan. He studied printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. His work has been exhibited in commercial and public galleries throughout the world including the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, where his works are a part of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. In 2014, he was given a Bay Area Visionaries award from Southern Graphics International Conference.
Jamila Dunn, Director of Education, has managed Kala’s Artists-in-Schools program since 2007. In 2009 she launched Camp Kala summer youth art program and continues to grow Kala’s visual art education programming for youth and adults each year. Jamila brings curriculum development and teaching experience from a number of museum education programs including, BAM/PFA, Seattle Art Museum, The Children‘s Museum (Seattle), Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jamila holds an MA in Art History (Curatorial Studies) and a BA in studio Art and French. She co-chaired the Berkeley Art Education Steering Committee (BAESC) for several years, an experience that gives her insight into the inner workings of the Berkeley Unified School District and the need for continuous, curriculum-based art education for every student.
Ben Engle, Print Studio Manager, oversees all aspects of Kala’s 8,500 square foot print studio facility, including physical improvements, equipment maintenance and shop safety. He conducts orientations for new resident artists, instructing them in use of equipment, explaining policies regarding all equipment, health and safety issues, and assigning storage areas to the Artists-in- Residence. Ben received his BFA in Printmaking from California State University Chico. Ben’s interdisciplinary works focus on the meditative qualities that lie within repetitive motion.
Mayumi Hamanaka, Gallery and Communications Director, has diverse responsibilities including development of the annual marketing plan in collaboration with other staff members, web design and maintenance, curating exhibitions and related events at Kala gallery and outside venues, and managing Kala’s print archive. Originally from Japan, Mayumi is a visual artist, curator and educator. She received her M.F.A from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and her B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of the Murphy Fellowship Award, Taipei Artist Village Fellowship, and others. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Asian American Art Center in NYC.
Ellen Lake, Managing Director, manages the business office and development efforts at Kala, specializing in grant writing and reporting, working with the Board and Executive Director on fundraising initiatives and creating a productive and thriving organization. She has over 15 years experience working in the arts and non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, from development, strategic planning, and curatorial to grant writing and public art. She received her MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a recipient of a 2018 Rauschenberg Residency award for artists/arts administrators, 2016 California Arts Council Artists Activating Communities grant, 2015 City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, 2014 Alternative Exposure/Southern Exposure grant and 2012 Experimental Media Arts Lab residency at Stanford University.
Liz Moser, Financial Consultant is responsible for reconciling Kala’s financial accounting including; accounts receivable and payable, payroll, business filings, and QuickBooks financial reporting. She comes to Kala after working 14 years at an accounting firm in Los Angeles as a forensic accountant, small business accounting consultant and QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She also has both a BFA and MFA in Ceramics from Philadelphia College of Art and Tyler School of Arts, respectively, as well as a Master of Science in Administration from Cal State Bakersfield.
Meghan Pohlod, Artist Residency Manager, received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta. Originally from Colorado, Meghan moved to the Bay Area in December 2017 to teach printmaking at California College of the Arts and to be closer to her family. She has been working with art centers for the past 7 years as a volunteer, educator and program developer. As a visual artist specializing in print media and print-installation, her interests and visual research include examining the body as interior and exterior space. Through nontraditional print methods she works to represent human experiences of embodied trauma; questioning what happens with memory attached to trauma of abandonment when triggered by image, place and time.
Claire McPherson, Art Sales Manager, has worked in art sales for over a decade in both New York and California. At Kala she oversees the Art Sales & Consulting Program in the Mercy and Roger Smullen Print and Media Center, represents Kala at art fairs, and works with artists for Kala’s annual auction. Prior to joining Kala, Claire was a Director at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York where she worked closely with artists, curators, collectors, and consultants. She is a graduate of Brown University and a candidate for an MA in Art History from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Jon Zax, Digital Media & Facilities Manager, is responsible for Kala’s electronic media center, including maintaining and purchasing computers, software, scanners, printers, and video equipment. He conducts orientations for new Kala artists, instructing resident artists in use and policies of equipment. This position also trains artists on equipment and helps trouble shoot technical problems. Jon also owns and operates Lotuscolor, one of the Bay Area’s premier digital imaging studios. An early advocate of digital imaging, he has taught Photoshop since 1990, privately and at various institutions including the Academy of Art University, SF State, the Center for Electronic Arts, and Kala. He is an award-winning photographer and digital artist.